Art share

 

Once in awhile I like to pretend I am an artist. Creating these goddesses is not only fun but also therapeutic. I tend to suffer from knowing my self worth and believing in myself but with each goddess I create I find a little more of me and know that I am worthy of self love.

 


I think that each one I create portrays a new side of myself that I am only just discovering.

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I hope you enjoyed my art share as much as I enjoyed creating these dolls and sharing them with you.

Making Coconut Milk

I’m sure that this is nothing new since there are tons of blogs out there that probably have already shown you how to make coconut milk but this is what I did this morning and figured I’d share anyway.

Coconut milk really is very easy to make with only two simple ingredients, water and shredded coconut. I used four cups of water and two cups of coconut flakes.

I blended them up in my Nutri- Bullet- I love this thing BTW. I use it a lot. I will have to share one of my favorite smoothie recipes soon.

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I use a cotton flour sack towel to strain mine in since I don’t have a nut bag or cheese cloth. These towels work perfect for me. No fancy tools needed here.

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Squeeze as much of the water out as you can.100_0319

I save the pulp,100_0320

and put it in a freezer bag for later use. I will probably dehydrate this to make into flour. No since letting it go to waste.100_0321Then I just pour the milk into a mason jar and into the fridge it will go. It lasts about a week if I’m not drinking my smoothies everyday then it lasts me 4 days.100_0323

See how super simple that was. Took me all of maybe 15 minutes to make.

Making apple cider vinegar

Today I am attempting to make apple cider vinegar. I have wanted to try it for awhile now but haven’t gotten around to it but I’ve watched several YouTube videos and checked several blogs and I think I’m ready to do it.  Since we have around 8 to 10 inches of snow after Monday’s snow stormed dumped  more on top of what we got the weekend before, I haven’t got much else needing done outside so why not give it a try.100_0287

I chopped up two cups of apples, got my filtered water ready, poured in 4 cups and added 1 cup of cane sugar.100_0289

Stirred it all up and poured another 4 cups of water on top of the apples and sugar.100_0290

Then I added 2 tablespoons of AVC with the mother to the mix to help it ferment a bit faster.100_0292

I put a weight on top of the apples to keep them under the water. I read that it’s supposed to help prevent mold by keeping them under the water so we will see.100_0293

And then I covered the mix with a towel  instead of a lid to let it breath and release the gases as it ferments. I just have to remember to stir it up every couple of days. That will be the hard part since my memory isn’t always the best.100_0295

Keeping my fingers crossed that this works since it’s my first time trying it. I will try to post an update on it once a week until it’s ready in 4 to 6 weeks.

 

Snow Day

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Friday night into Saturday morning we got hit with a snow storm that dropped around 5 to 6 inches of snow.100_0274We managed to get dug out, not that we actually went anywhere but it had to be done so we could get out if needed.100_0272While out exploring I took a tumble but thankfully it was a soft landing. So I decided to head back inside and work on some art. Not that I had anything better to do, well I did have other things but they aren’t nearly as much fun as my art.

20180114_061603I am working on creating a series of cards to sell at the local artwork that is held monthly.  I call these ones “Hippie Chicks”  I want to get copies made so I can keep the originals. 20180111_121106This little guy was the first one I created and started the idea of the “Hippie Chicks”. However he already found his way to a new home and was a hit.

I hope you stick around because I have so much more art to share and one of my New Years goals is to get myself and my art out there in the world.

Changing directions

When I restarted blogging it was my intention to make this blog about simplifying our lives and down sizing our possessions but it seems life at this moment has taken this blog in a different direction at least for now anyway.

We are are in the mists of a bitter cold spell at the moment at in these freezing time I don’t venture out unless necessary, yea I know I’m a wimp but hey I like to be warm. So there isn’t a lot happening on the growing front or outside much for that matter for us so it appears you will have to deal with my food posts and my healing journey until the deep freeze aka winter is over. 🙂

With that being said I don’t know if I have bored you with the details of my heal and don’t really feel like going into great details but in 2012 I started having unknown digestive issues and at one time debilitating stomach pain but with drastic diet changes I no longer have that pain. I have had many testes done and the results always come back fine. So I have done most of the work on my own to find way to help my body heal, however I am not 100% healed so I continue to change my diet and work on finding alternative ways of healing my body.

For me it has become about healing through healthy foods and find ways to make and share those foods with my family and have them eating healthier without really knowing it. Yes I know I’m a bit devious like that. (wink wink)100B0210So before I end this post I will leave you with one way I am healing from the inside out. While it maybe winter, I am still able to eat fresh greens by spouting my own broccoli seeds. This way of eating is quickly being coming a passion of mine.sprouts

Dairy free, Grain free Pizza

100_0232[1]One of my goals for the new year is to eat healthier. The doctor has also told me to lose weight for health reasons. So I have been trying to give our old meals make overs.

One thing we haven’t eaten a lot of since changing our eating habits was pizza but I did some research and found a healthy pizza and today I gave it a try. It is grain free and dairy free despite the cheese you see. It’s a dairy free alternative because I have to cut the lactose out of my diet. It actually turned out much better than I thought it would.

100_0236[1]My youngest  son who is a picky eater even liked it. I didn’t tell him it was grain free or dairy free. He came back for a second slice so that says something.

So if your looking for a healthier alternative to your old pizza I highly recommend giving this one a try. If you click on the highlighted word above you will find the link to the crust recipe I used.

New Year, New Goals

100_0122[1]I try not to make resolutions but instead strive for goals. Resolutions are easily broken and I don’t do well with sticking to them.

Goals are something I can do. I set goals last year and achieved many.

2018 goals are much the same as last year.

I vow that 2018 will be a year of change in so many ways.
I will get out and do more, the couch does not own me. I want to bring more into my life. . I will experience life instead of letting it pass me by. I hope to attend a few classes aka social events each month as my schedule allows.  Travel is one thing that I hope to achieve also. Seeing new place and having new experiences is a big goal for this year.
I will find my passion and embrace it! This is an on going battle for me. I love both food and art. I want to be a part of the local art community but also the local food community. It’s about finding balance and working on figuring out which one I want the most.
I vow to make new friends and cherish the older ones. I made several new friends last year and hope to meet many more this year. This goals is a big on for me because I am such a introvert.
I will encourage others even if I am not being encouraged and feel discouraged.
I will not worry about money issues so much, sure I may not have much of it and the bills will still be there for sure but I’m going to stress less and do the best I can to get by!
I vow to be kinder to those around me and worry less about things that aren’t my business.
I will do all that I can to be the best and most authentic version of myself.
I will not take life so seriously because life is meant to be enjoyed and embraced and lived! Life is to short to wish it away and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. So today I vow to start living.

2018 Life Board Collage